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Motorcycle Awareness Month by ABATE

The Freeport Chapter Takes care of Business

by Dennis Yeager

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Up in the Northwest corner of the State of Illinois, just 20 miles south of the Wisconsin border. We have the Home - Greater Freeport Partnership, mixed in all that is also the Stephenson County visitor Center. For the past 10 years plus or minus we, the members of the Freeport Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois have been able to set up a display for Motorcycle Awareness month of May. We also get many of the towns, cities, villages, and counties to sign motorcycle awareness proclamation. Setting up the display is just another way to get the word out, to watch out for motorcyclists out there on the roadways!

Over the years we have gone from a table of information and one bike maybe, to the full floor, and back again. Using dealership bikes, when we can and then COVID-19 hit town, and 2020 had nothing on display and the Visitor Center was locked down tight. 2021 a last minute phone call and one week later the display was up again with two members' bikes. (4) This year with a better game plan, we came up with 8 bikes, from as many members.

One Hell of a team within the Freeport Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois!!

Stephenson County Visitor Center, 4596 US Highway 20 E, Freeport, IL 61032

The Stephenson County Visitor Center is situated along Highway 20 just east of Freeport and is the perfect stop for travelers. Providing clean restrooms, free wi-fi and a place to stretch your legs, the venue houses local merchandise, highlights attractions in Stephenson County and is staffed with a knowledgeable host to help you navigate your journey. The space also features monthly local exhibits showcasing attractions, art exhibits and historic moments. Stop often and we are sure you will see something new with every visit.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. We have been able to set up a display from today May 2nd, until June 1st, 2022. The Freeport Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois did a bang-up job helping out with this display.

My helpers were: Bethany F. Buisker, Larry Clark, Peggy Groeling, check out her facebook page for more pictures. Dan Paulsen, Roger Larson, Arnie Binning, Dan Bragg, Jamie Bragg, Chuck Hobson, Raymond Munchie, & Nicole Haas, this young lady runs the show at the Visitor Center. Well supervised things out there anyhow.

We had bikes donated by chapter members:

Arnie Binning: Victory, Katie Schneiderman: Honda, Pat O'Brien: BMW, Chirs Zimmerman: Kawasaki, Doug Fleming: Ducati, Neal Toepfer: Honda, Raymond Munchie: Yamaha ATV, & Dan Bragg CanAm Outlander Max ATV.

We at A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois & and the MRF fight for all motorcyclist rights. Join today &

PS: Go to my facebook page, Peggy Groeling facebook page, and the Freeport Chapter ABATE of Illinois facebook page for more pictures and maybe details too. A few pictures are attached to this email.

So if you are running along Highway US 20 on the east side of Freeport IL. Stop into the Stephenson County Visitor Center and check out the display. Running May 2nd, until June 1st, 2022. Oh Yeah radio ads will be running on two different stations Q-201.1 and K-92.1 FM with the weather report. It will run in 6 hour blocks, rotating stations all month long.

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